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Commission: Councilwoman Karen Stratton violated ethics code with letter on behalf of marijuana retailer

Calling the incident a “teachable moment,” the Spokane Ethics Commission issued a written reprimand to the two-term councilwoman Wednesday for advocating on behalf of a marijuana retailer hoping to relocate to Pasco.


2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. Iowans are legendary for expecting to meet White House hopefuls in person – multiple times – and the candidate wasn’t going to be there, represented instead by California Rep. Katie Porter.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year.


Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

The Senate impeachment trial schedule means this may well be the last full weekend of campaigning in Iowa for some Democratic candidates.


Trump’s black voter outreach looks in part to the pews

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is reaching out to black voters through one of their community’s most important institutions – black churches


AP sources: FBI to keep states in loop on election breaches

The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials told The Associated Press.


Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker endorses Joe Biden

Billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker, a major Democratic fundraiser and former commerce secretary under President Barack Obama, has endorsed Joe Biden for president.


Warren, Sanders spar over her claim he said woman can’t win

Elizabeth Warren is standing behind her charge that Bernie Sanders said a woman could not defeat Donald Trump


Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought the move a victory in the battleground state.


2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa’s rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before the caucuses usher in the Democratic contest, the battle for the state is wide open.


Wisconsin judge orders up to 209K voter names be deleted

A Wisconsin judge on Monday found the state’s bipartisan elections commission to be in contempt and ordered it to immediately begin removing up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter rolls or face fines for each day it doesn’t.


Sen. Cory Booker exits the Democratic presidential primary, making the field less diverse

Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator who pitched himself as a candidate of hope and optimism, is suspending his presidential campaign, he said Monday.


Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

The reins of political power will be at stake in the 2020 U.S. elections – not just for the presidency, but for thousands of lower-profile elections for state House and Senate seats


Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson ends 2020 White House bid

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, the spiritual guru and bestselling author, ended her campaign on Friday, weeks before voting begins, saying she did not want to make it tougher for a progressive to win.


Trump heading to Ohio for 1st campaign rally of 2020

President Donald Trump heads into his first campaign rally of the election year flush with cash, chafing at impeachment and hoping to capitalize on his order to take out Iran’s top general.


Warren, Klobuchar, Booker recent fundraising lags top rivals

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker says he raised $6.6 million for his Democratic presidential campaign in the final three months of last year


Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse

A group of United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides is proposing an amicable separation


Video edited to suggest Biden made racist remark

A video clip that shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden saying, “Our culture is not imported from some African nation or some Asian nation,” is being taken out of context and posted on social media to suggest he is racist. One tweet featuring the edited video clip with the false claim has been viewed more than a million times


Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says it raised $22.7 million in the final quarter of 2019


Conservatives seek immediate purge of 200,000 voters in Wisconsin

A conservative law firm on Thursday asked a judge to find the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt and impose $12,000 a day in fines until it immediately purges more than 200,000 voters from the rolls, a move Democrats are fighting in the key battleground state.